Jordan: Flash floods kill eleven and forced tourists to flee

Blanche Robertson
November 10, 2018

In the Mlaih district of the Madaba governorate, where a young girl was killed when her family's auto was swept away by flood waters, rescue teams and divers were on the scene searching for other missing people, Jordan's official Petra news agency reported.

Heavy rains and flooding killed at least 11 people in Jordan and forced authorities to evacuate more than 3,700 tourists from the ancient city of Petra on Friday, officials said.

Divers have been searching for five people whose vehicle was swept away by floods in the Madaba area, southwest of the capital Amman.

Friday's downpour rolled across southern Jordan, claiming seven lives, including two children, government spokeswoman Jumana Ghneimat said on Friday.

A civil defence source told AFP that another child died in the Madaba area, also south of Amman, when the auto the child was in was submerged in water.

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The flash floods in the area resulted in the closure of the Desert Highway near the area.

"Rescuers are searching for five people who are missing in that area", the source said. Authorities have also deployed a drone to search flooded areas for missing people and gauge damage caused by the storm. In Wadi Musa, the town next to Petra in southern Jordan, water surged from nearby mountains into a dry riverbed running through the community. Footage showed people on the city's main road trying to stay clear of the water.

Friday's floods came two weeks after 21 people, including middle school students, were killed in flash floods near the Dead Sea.

She said more heavy rain was expected on Saturday and residents in affected areas were being urged to evacuate their homes. Jordan's tourism and education ministers resigned after the incident.

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